Puppets that keep time a journey into the world of Portuguese animated puppets

100 years ago, the first known Portuguese animated film was released (O Pesadelo by António Maria, Joaquim Guerreiro, 1923). Under the sign of this centennial, the 16th Monstra exhibition at the Puppet Museum proposes a journey through time into the past and present of Portuguese animated cinema.

From the present and the very near future, parts from very recent films are shown: Joana Imaginário’s still unseen A casa para guardar o tempo, with its world premiere scheduled for this year’s edition of Monstra, and Mónica Santos’ O casaco rosa, in competition at the festival. Both films have very particular characteristics: all the puppets in A Casa para guardar o tempo were made from paper, and all the characters in Mónica Santos’ film are… jackets.

In the exhibition you can also see puppets, sets and accessories from other Portuguese animation films directed by José Miguel Ribeiro, Bruno Caetano or Vítor Hugo. The Puppet Museum is, until 23 April 2023, the place keeping track of the past, present and future of Portuguese made stop motion.

Co-organization: MONSTRA – Lisbon Animation Festival